The Best Episodes Directed by Richard Holthouse

Deadlier than the Male

#1 - Deadlier than the Male

Ultimate Force Season 3 - Episode 1

Terrorists take a passenger plane to Hong Kong hostage and three new members join Red Troop.

star 8.47
58 votes
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Last Year's Model

#2 - Last Year's Model

Midsomer Murders Season 9 - Episode 8

Annie Woodrow, a charity worker from Midsomer Malham, is standing trial for killing her best friend, Frances Trevelyan, in a case that Barnaby had investigated ten months previously. But he becomes increasingly unsettled that the prosecution's case doesn't match the facts. Barnaby & Jones enlist the help of key witness Mrs Beverly in a risky entrapment to find out what really happened. Jones's promotion to Det Sgt comes through at the same time.

star 8.41
384 votes
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Country Matters

#3 - Country Matters

Midsomer Murders Season 9 - Episode 6

Frank Hopkirk, an environmental adviser on the proposed site of a controversial Goodfare supermarket in Elverton-cum-Latterly, is found stabbed to death in an old farm building on the site. Barnaby & Jones question locals on both sides of the debate over the plans, and find that Mr Hopkirk had extra-curricular dealings with a number of the local ladies and their businesses. But which one of these caused passions to be stirred up to such a murderous extent?

star 8.37
297 votes
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The Maid in Splendour

#4 - The Maid in Splendour

Midsomer Murders Season 7 - Episode 5

Jamie Cruickshank, a bartender at the Maid in Splendour public house, is keen on Bella Monday, a barmaid, and follows her to a tumbledown old cottage in the woods, only to be blasted with a twelve-bore shotgun. Then the pub landlord's son, Stephen Bannerman, is also killed in the same way. Barnaby finds there was ill-feeling between locals and newcomers to the village and also between the landlord and his aggressive son, who was in the process of taking over the business.

star 8.24
245 votes
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The Great and The Good

#5 - The Great and The Good

Midsomer Murders Season 12 - Episode 7

The night time peace of Badger's Drift is shattered horribly when teacher Connie Bishop screams in fright, convinced there is an intruder. Days later a local councillor, said to be obsessed with her, is found murdered in her garden. Is Connie the innocent victim she seems? Barnaby and Jones uncover jealous rivals, ruthless social climbers and a cottage with mysterious secrets as they search for the killer.

star 8.11
252 votes
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Picture of Innocence

#6 - Picture of Innocence

Midsomer Murders Season 10 - Episode 6

There's a shock for Joyce when she and Tom visit a photo exhibition in Luxton Deeping. Barnaby also gets a glimpse of the bitter rivalry between the traditional film photo followers and the digital enthusiasts. Things develop a more serious turn, however, when a member of the local camera club is brutally strangled. For once there are no shortage of clues and leads, all pointing to one suspect - Barnaby himself !! Suspended from duty, Barnaby, with a little covert help from Jones, has to use all his deductive powers to discover the motive and unmask the real murderer before they strike again.

star 8.09
273 votes
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Death in a Chocolate Box

#7 - Death in a Chocolate Box

Midsomer Murders Season 10 - Episode 8

Reformed criminal Ronnie Tyler prepares to leave Midsomer Holm, a tranquil village and halfway house. In the village is an historic camera obscura. New arrival Eddie Marston takes Ronnie's place, making DCI Barnaby uneasy.

star 8.08
303 votes
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Death in the Slow Lane

#8 - Death in the Slow Lane

Midsomer Murders Season 14 - Episode 1

New DCI John Barnaby arrives in Midsomer and is bemused by the quaint villages and their quirky residents. But when a local DJ is crushed to death at a traditional girls’ boarding school, he soon discovers that murder and deception are never far away. As the death toll rises, could Barnaby’s first case also be his last?

star 8.06
430 votes
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Midsomer Rhapsody

#9 - Midsomer Rhapsody

Midsomer Murders Season 8 - Episode 8

Joan Alder, the local composer of a very successful piece of music, 'Midsomer Rhapsody', died twenty years ago, leaving bitternesses among her family. Barnaby and his wife know her mother, Peggy Alder, who is about to remarry. A local man is murdered, and Barnaby realises that he was her music teacher. Then a valuable manuscript shows up among the murdered man's effects, that appears to be an early draft of the work as a collaboration by two hands, but Barnaby suspects it is a forgery, by someone who hopes to gain a share in the continuing royalties. Then Joan's long-lost daughter, Sarah Douglas, appears, followed by the revelation that her boyfriend, who was thought to be dead, is living close by. As the number of people with an interest in Joan Alder's work increases, the number of those interested in her work decreases as further murders occur.

star 8.04
264 votes
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Happy and Glorious (2)

#10 - Happy and Glorious (2)

The Bill Season 17 - Episode 42

With no alibi, Hollis is the prime suspect for Doreen's murder, and he is suspended from duty. While CID try to trace the victim's long lost daughter, with little to no information, Stamp and Klein try to find an alibi for Hollis. They interview a witness outside of Doreen's house, who claims that he saw Hollis hanging around the property more than hour before he stated that he arrived. With the evidence mounting, Stamp and Klein's only hope of clearing Hollis' name lies with a tom, who provides a statement claiming that Hollis was with her at the time of Doreen's death. When a scam involving her 'long-lost daughter' comes to light, Hollis is cleared and CID attempt to track the imposter down.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Glitch

#11 - The Glitch

Midsomer Murders Season 12 - Episode 4

Midsomer University science fellow George Jeffers threatens to make public a problem with his state-of-the-art invention Kernel Logic, but American software boss Clinton Finn fears he will lose millions if the truth comes out. When a schoolteacher is killed in a hit-and-run, Barnaby suspects Jeffers was the intended target.

star 7.95
219 votes
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The Magician's Nephew

#12 - The Magician's Nephew

Midsomer Murders Season 11 - Episode 5

Jean Wildacre dies suspiciously during a performance as assistant to local magician Aloysius Wilmington, and Barnaby & Jones are called in. They have to investigate the relationships of Midsomer's Magic Circle, a group of old friends whose activities spun off a new cult, and led to long-running animosities. Soon they are looking for colorful South American poison-dart frogs, as the death count rises

star 7.93
337 votes
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Never Go Back

#13 - Never Go Back

Ultimate Force Season 3 - Episode 2

Red Troop are caught in a battle between rival forces while on an unofficial visit to Zimbabwe

star 7.92
78 votes
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The Fisher King

#14 - The Fisher King

Midsomer Murders Season 7 - Episode 3

Midsomer Barrow landowner Gareth Heldman is murdered with an Iron Age spear, on the same spot where his father was killed many years before during an archaeologists' dig at the village's prehistoric earthworks. Meanwhile, troupes of new age travellers (whom Heldman strongly disapproved of) are arriving to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21st. Barnaby finds Heldman was a womaniser, with a tangled web of offspring. He also has to reopen the file on the thirty-year-old murder of Roger Heldman and investigate a tale of lost treasure.

star 7.88
295 votes
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The Noble Art

#15 - The Noble Art

Midsomer Murders Season 13 - Episode 6

Local boxer John Kinsella's successful world title bid stirs up hidden passions among the residents of Midsomer Morchard. As plans to stage a celebratory re-enactment of a Victorian prizefight shape up, jealousy, betrayal and blackmail take a ringside seat, while two suspicious deaths suggest Barnaby has let friendship cloud his judgement. Detective drama, guest starring Phil Daniels (formerly EastEnders' Kevin Wicks)

star 7.84
300 votes
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The Dogleg Murders

#16 - The Dogleg Murders

Midsomer Murders Season 12 - Episode 1

On the Midsomer Golfclub Whiteoaks a member is killed with a golfclub. In the course of the investigation they discover Whiteoaks to be full of hatred, gambling, violence, jealousy and extortion.

star 7.82
355 votes
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Shot at Dawn

#17 - Shot at Dawn

Midsomer Murders Season 11 - Episode 1

Although it's 90 years since the end of WW1, the feud between the Hammond and Hicks families still festers. Much to the disgust of Colonel Henry Hammond, Private Tommy Hicks condemned for cowardice in the conflict, has been exonerated and his name added to the local war memorial. Meanwhile Barnaby is not a happy man. His roof is leaking and his peaceful dinner with Joyce at the local hostelry is interrupted when he has to break up a fight between the two elderly patriarchs of the Hicks and Hammonds families who, despite being wheelchair bound, battle it out with baguettes!

star 7.77
377 votes
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Second Sight

#18 - Second Sight

Midsomer Murders Season 8 - Episode 5

Several of the villagers of Midsomer Mere are said to have 'second sight'. A young couple there, Ben and Emma Kirkby (formerly Ransom), are about to christen their baby daughter Christine, and both the Kirkbys and the Ransoms are anxious to know whether the new baby has the gift of second sight. It is suggested that if Emma and Ben have baby Christine baptized, she would lose the power. Then a young man is found dead with scorch marks on his head, and baby Christine cries loudly, leaving Barnaby wondering what is really going on.

star 7.76
335 votes
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Miracle in Crooked Lane

#19 - Miracle in Crooked Lane

Jonathan Creek Season 3 - Episode 5

A young woman, who has led a scandalous life that has shocked the local village community, suffers severe burns in an appalling accident. But how can she have returned to her village church in order to seek forgiveness for her past sins, when she is lying in a coma in hospital?...Enter a man in a duffel coat and shaggy hair with the answer....but this time it isn't Jonathan Creek!

star 7.40
187 votes
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The Three Gamblers

#20 - The Three Gamblers

Jonathan Creek Season 3 - Episode 6

A man of pure evil is "disposed" of with the help of six bullets to the head - but has his corpse come back to life with revenge on its mind? Maddy and Jonathan visit a damp, deserted farmhouse to investigate!

star 7.35
124 votes
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Ghost's Forge

#21 - Ghost's Forge

Jonathan Creek Season 3 - Episode 4

While Creek, Magellan and Tranter are investigating the apparently motiveless murder of an ageing hermit, Magellan vanishes into thin air.

star 7.19
128 votes
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Black Orchid

#22 - Black Orchid

Taggart Season 11 - Episode 2

A young girl who attends a hypnotist's show is found drowned shortly afterwards, leaving the hypnotists' career in tatters. It appears to be an open and shut case, but was she secretly murdered? Meanwhile, DI Jardine and DS Reid investigate a series of killings that may have been carried out "to order". DC Stuart Fraser joins the team.

star 7.13
8 votes
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Prayer for the Dead

#23 - Prayer for the Dead

Taggart Season 11 - Episode 1

Supt McVitie is taken to hospital with a heart attack after a heated argument with Taggart. His wife reacts very badly to Taggart's temporary promotion to Acting Superintendent, and takes it out on the whole team. Meanwhile, Reid and Jardine begin investigating the death of drug addict, Scott Graham, who fell from a balcony during a drug fueled party.

star 7.00
13 votes
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Berserker

#24 - Berserker

Taggart Season 14 - Episode 1

Illegal body building drugs combined with mind bending additives cause a series of deaths around the muscle scene in Glasgow. In a race against time to find the source of the deadly drug the Maryhill team call on the help of a famous chemistry professor at the University. But is he helping or is he the source of the drug?

star 7.00
1 votes
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Instruments of Justice

#25 - Instruments of Justice

Taggart Season 9 - Episode 4

Sean Brady has turned Queen's evidence against crime boss McLintock. On the way to court, his car is ambushed and a policeman is left seriously injured. Brady escapes and flees, leaving the prosecutor with a hole in his case against McLintock. DCI Taggart falls under suspicion because he authorized the route and Internal Affairs takes a hard-edged line.

star 6.00
1 votes
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Attitudes

#26 - Attitudes

The Bill Season 6 - Episode 63

Young, Garfield, Stamp and Loxton are playing cards. Young wins. The others decide to give Young a hard time as Garfield and Stamp are in CAD. It is Cryer's anniversary. He goes out with Young to an accident where a dog has been hit by a car. The flowers he brought his wife have been destroyed and due to a language problem June gets a wreath.

star 0.00
0 votes
Getting Involved

#27 - Getting Involved

The Bill Season 7 - Episode 63

Stamp talks to a man about paint stripper on his car - 2nd time in a month. Ron knows him. Reg and June are later called to an industrial estate where a man is damaging the car. The man damaging the car turns out to be the son of a man supposedly killed by the owner of the car. Carver and Greig investigate a fight in a pub at closing time. The victim is not talking but the girlfriend knows who he might have been drinking with. Ron helps Carver and Greig catch him. The girlfriend wanted her boyfriend to stop thieving.

star 0.00
0 votes
Lucky Jim

#28 - Lucky Jim

The Bill Season 15 - Episode 47

Carver, depressed at the prospect of a life in uniform, develops a drink problem.

star 0.00
0 votes
The River

#29 - The River

The Bill Season 16 - Episode 68

The corrupt DS Don Beech turns himself in to CIB to bargain with Det Supt Hodges, despite DS Stanton's pleas.

star 0.00
0 votes
A Hard Day's Night

#30 - A Hard Day's Night

Casualty Season 17 - Episode 28

Harry returns to work after the death of his wife; Simon takes an unprofessional interest in Jane's operation; when Colette is attacked by a patient's relative, she is forced to reveal her pregnancy.

star 0.00
0 votes
Side Effects

#31 - Side Effects

Casualty Season 17 - Episode 29

It's Harry's first day back at work after his wife's death, and he puts himself in danger after overstepping the mark. Meanwhile, Bex calls the police when he sees Jack sneak into the hospital to see Tony.

star 0.00
0 votes